Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: With questionable safety ratings, a faulty power control module (PCM) and a rear subframe that can rust out, the first model year Escape is known for problems. But the worst one of all? A design flaw that carried through multiple model years and caused dangerous unintended acceleration.

A lack of clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector meant the throttle could get stick open when the accelerator was fully depressed. Following a petition from the Center for Auto Safety, NHTSA opened an investigation and eventually issued a recall to fix the sticky throttles in the 2001–2004 model years.

Even with the throttles fixed, the 2001 model year could still have trouble stopping due to multiple problems with leaking brakes.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,231 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Escape engine problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #17

Jun 112003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2001 Ford Escape has stalled four times. Coasting down hill just cuts right out. No rhyme or reason to the problem.

- West Mifflin, PA, USA

problem #16

May 202003

(reported on)

Escape

  • 29,000 miles
The vehicle caught on fire due to a problem with the engine.

- Troy, OH, USA

problem #15

May 202003

(reported on)

Escape

  • 29,000 miles
The engine caught on fire, while the vehicle was parked.

- Troy, OH, USA

problem #14

Sep 302001

Escape

  • 26,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Intermittently while driving at 40/65 mph the engine cut off without warning or cause. The vehicle was serviced 5 times. Cause unknown.

- Kenly, NC, USA

problem #13

Apr 142003

(reported on)

Escape

  • miles
The engine stalled, which caused the vehicle to have no brakes and steering.

- Travelers Rest, SC, USA

problem #12

Mar 282003

Escape

  • miles
The vehicle stalled without warning, the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Kenly, NC, USA

problem #11

Mar 252003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased 2001 used vehicle from hertz car sales with 27,000+ miles. Transmission had to be replaced second week we had vehicle. Also realized that ac/heating system had "whistle" which could not be turned off. Major problem has vehicle stalling while driving, losing all power, brakes, etc. Fortunate not to have been rear-ended. Ford dealer has worked on problem, replacing transmission, fixing ac/heat system and attempted to repair the "stalling" problem. Thought it had been repaired, however, it happened again yesterday. Car at Ford dealer once again. It is strange to me that they do not comment that this has happened not once but many hundred times! I definitely feel there is a major problem with the Escape stalling and being unable to control. As we drive on mountain roads, this could cause a major accident. Ford has certainly lost my future business by not facing this very serious problem. Must there be fatalities before they act?

- Hiawassee, GA, USA

problem #10

Mar 042003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles
2001 Escape stalling - I am driving down the road and the Escape just stops right in the middle of traffic or when I am turning. This is very scary and I have been lucky since it happened once on the interstate in 4 four lanes of traffic. I have tried to contact Ford about it to see if they had a recall or service bulletin and they left a voice mail with no telephone number. Now they have unanswered 3 additional emails. I contacted the local dealer and he says he knows nothing about Escape stalling even though it is all over the internet where they say the dealers can not fix it. My dealer is just making guesses. This is why I wanted at least a service bulletin so I do not have to go through a guessing game with my dealer. I am very scared of my Escape now especially in interstate traffic.

- Fuquay-Varina, NC, USA

problem #9

Mar 212003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Third time in 2 years SUV has lost power driving on highway. Loss of steering and brakes nearly caused multiple accidents of I-95. Called dealer, was told other complaints exist, Ford is aware of complaint, but unable to duplicate problem.

- S. Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #8

Mar 032003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2001 Ford Escape has stalled 3 times in the last month and a half when decelerating to a stop sign or stop light. Engine cuts out and power steering is lost.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #7

Mar 262001

Escape

  • 69 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle stalled without warning.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #6

Feb 182003

Escape 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
Car stalls while driving. Has happened six times.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 212003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Escape XLT with approx. 54,000 miles. Near the end of my 45 minute morning commute, as I was slowing to go through a traffic light, my vehicle stalled and I lost power steering and braking abilities. Luckily, I was able to safely pull to the side of the road. I turned off the ignition and then restarted the car and was able to continue without further incident. This was the 2nd time that this has happened - the first was shortly after I first purchased the car (in early 2002). I took it to my dealer and explained the issue. Upon investigation, the dealer was unable to reproduce the problem. I am not sure if this is related, but I have also experienced numerous 'false' warning lights that the dealer has been unable to reproduce.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 182003

Escape

  • miles
The vehicle stalled, which caused consumer to abruptly pull over.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 052002

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,010 miles
The vehicle stalled while driving and all power was lost, the vehicle was towed to the dealership and the necessary repairs were made.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 202002

(reported on)

Escape

  • miles
Pulley dropped while driving. Repairs were made. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Franklin Park, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 282002

(reported on)

Escape

  • miles
After getting into vehicle the consumer heard a loud clanking sound, and then a part of engine fell out. Contacted dealer, and dealer noted that idle pully fell off.

- Monroe, NY, USA

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